Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services


Behavioral healthcare work is difficult. This can be seen in the high turnover rates in the field, including at Valley Health Associates, a substance abuse clinic in Monterey County. In an effort to address the high turnover rates, a pilot program was launched, applying what other companies are doing to improve not only work productivity but mindfulness in the workplace. While the results received were not what was anticipated, it was an excellent learning experience. The gravity of not addressing burnout is a continual cycle that, if nothing changes, will inevitably continue or possibly worsen over time. It is recommended that all behavioral health care clinics prioritize the mental health of the workers serving their community.